Government Documents

The Anoka County Library has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1971. The FDLP partners with libraries nationwide to provide the American public with free and equal access to government information.

As a selective depository, the Library selects only a small percentage of all federal government documents produced. While the Library receives some items in tangible form, most are available digitally, accessible through the Library’s online catalog via electronic links. These items can be searched by title, subject, named author, or publishing government agency. If you need assistance in locating government documents, please ask at a service desk.

Federal agencies produce materials on a wide range of topics, in print and digitally. Many of the most commonly requested items can be found at FDsys: GPO’s Federal Digital System, which provides free access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government, or USA.gov, the U.S. Government’s official portal, including links to every federal agency and to state, local, and tribal governments.

Some other popular online sites for accessing official federal government information are:

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids, a fun and educational introduction to how the U.S. Government works, designed for students, parents, and teachers.

Healthfinder.gov, one of the best places to find government-related health and human services information on the Web, with more than 1500 health-related organizations represented.

NCHS Vital Records, for how to obtain vital records from every state, with detailed information on how to go about getting what you need.

U.S. Census Bureau, census information on population and housing as well as the economy. There are also links to other servers which gather statistical information.

American FactFinder, the U.S. Census Bureau’s online, self-service tool designed to search a variety of population, economic, geographic and housing information.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, information about prescription refills, veteran’s affairs forms, health care benefits, education resources, and more.

USAJobs, the U.S. Government’s official website for listing civil service job opportunities with federal agencies

Internal Revenue Service

Social Security Online

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service

More links to government-related websites can be found on our Government & Politics Subject Guide.